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Rani Yahya Hopes He Didn’t Hurt Henry Briones With UFC Fight Night 114 Finish

August 7, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Rani Yahya

Rani Yahya spoke with MMAjunkie after his first-round submission win over Henry Briones at UFC Fight Night 114. Highlights are below:

On possibly being in the title hunt: “I think it’s more like – the trash-talking thing. It’s not really my profile, to talk trash about a lot of people. But bro, I’m right there, man. This is my ninth win in the UFC (and) my 13th win under the Zuffa banner overall, since the WEC times. (Briones) fought Cody Garbrandt, and the fight went three rounds. They both got damage from that fight, a lot of blood. And I just came and beat that guy in two minutes, with no damage. So. I’m sure I’m right there.”

On getting the finish: “I had his arm, he was already screaming and the referee took so long to stop the fight. But before, he went to the locker room, and said, ‘Just stop the fight when I put my hands on you.’ And it was there, like two or three seconds. I hope he doesn’t get injured or anything, but I think he will be OK.”

On wanting to fight at UFC Fight Night 117: “I just want to fight in Japan because Japan is part of my career. I fought there seven times. I’ve had maybe like 10 Japanese opponents during my career. I think it’s a good opportunity for me. Most of the fighters in Asia – Japan, Korea, around that area – they’re light people. So, I think (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) can get a fight for me. If not, I will talk to my coaches to see what’s the best thing to do.”